The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has set a plan in motion to initiate a dedicated helicopter service for tourists to help them see the picturesque sights and sounds of valleys, mountains, and rivers which are not always easily accessible via other means in the Northern Areas of Pakistan.
The government is in talks with a private company that will provide the helicopter service for tourism purposes. The government is hopeful that an agreement will be signed very soon.
The helicopter service will make it easier for tourists from Lahore and Islamabad to access tourist resorts in the province. The service will also be a great addition to facilitate foreign tourists.
There are at least 30 places in KP with great potential for tourism but are not easily accessible. The helicopter service is expected to launch for Kalam, Chitral, and Swat initially. It will later be expanded to other areas.
The helicopter service will also help reduce the 14-hour long journey from Punjab to Chitral to just two hours. For other tourism projects, the government has already set aside a record Rs. 20 billion that will be spent on sports, tourism, archaeology, culture and youth affairs.